Fox News host confronts GOP rep on Biden Probe: ‘Where’s the illegality?’
Fox News host John Roberts confronted Rep. Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican, on Friday about the GOP investigation that targets President Joe Biden’s family.
The GOP-led House Oversight Committee released a memo on Thursday alleging Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden and Hallie Biden, who was married to Hunter’s late brother Beau Biden, received $1.3 million. dollars from an associate who had ties to a Chinese energy company. .
Donalds, who serves on the committee, told Roberts in an interview on Friday that the Biden family was “getting money for something.”
The House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Rep. James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, said the deals raise questions about whether or not there was foreign influence on the Biden family, including Hunter Biden who has long been heavily targeted by Republicans over his overseas. Business affairs.
Republicans have repeatedly called for investigations into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings to determine whether his father was involved in those dealings when he was vice president under former President Barack Obama’s administration.
To date, no evidence has been found to prove that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s business affairs. “We don’t have that information yet, but we’ll find out because this investigation isn’t slowing down. It’s just speeding up,” Donalds said Friday.
Roberts then asked Donalds about arguments that might be raised by Hunter Biden supporters during the investigation.
“So in terms of selling influence, Hunter Biden supporters will point out ‘it’s not a crime’. So where is the evidence of illegality here? You can tell it looks bad , that there may be an irregularity, but where is the illegality?” He asked.
Donalds replied that it was not really illegal, arguing that the details of these foreign business transactions should be made public.
“Well, it’s not so much about illegality, and yet that remains to be seen. Let me put that aside because again, we still have to go through the full investigation process,” said Donalds. “What we’re seeing so far is you’re seeing a structuring of the wires from that account at Robert Walker LLC going to various elements of the Biden family through many, many different businesses.”
The Republican congressman was referring to Rob Walker, the associate who knows Hunter Biden, who reportedly received $3 million in 2017 from China’s State Energy HK Limited, about two months after Joe Biden quit his vice post. -president.
“What you don’t see and which is highly unethical is that you then have a senior US government official, someone who was vice president, under Barack Obama, someone who is now the President of the United States, whose family was receiving money from foreign entities for what we have no idea what the Oversight Committee is saying is that if this happens, it should be disclosed to the American people. Thus, the American people are fully aware of the business relationships of the family associated with people who are going to be president or vice president of the United States,” Donalds added.
Some Fox News hosts and contributors have expressed differing views on the Biden family investigation. Like Roberts, Juan Williams, a Fox News contributing political analyst, also questioned the investigation.
“Well, I just think when we look at these things, everything is legit,” he recently said. “Investigate away. But it’s all gotten so partisan, it feels like a witch hunt. I mean going after Hallie Biden? It was Hunter and now it’s Hallie. None of this is related to Joe Biden.”
Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera also criticized the investigation, say thursday“How far will they go to defame the president’s family? A real class coup by involving the widow of his late son. Who is the next godfather? A newspaper delivery boy?”
However, several Fox News hosts such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson supported the investigation.
“Now we don’t know what these different members of the Biden family did to actually make the money, but what we do know is where he came from. He’s from the People’s Republic of China. Now , we’re going to find out a lot more when we get the suspicious activity reports. They’ve been very slow to get them to the committee, it’s the House Government Reform Oversight Committee,” Hannity said Thursday.
Newsweek contacted the Donalds spokesperson via email for comment.